From acclaimed director Mike Leigh, Peterloo is an epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter's Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protesters were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression.... The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper. [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play. British historical drama following the events which culminated in the Peterloo massacre at St.Peter's Field, Manchester in 1819. As the Napoleonic Wars reached an end, political unrest struck the nation as ongoing stretches of famine, unemployment and the introduction of the Corn Laws began to stir the working classes.A demonstration took place on 16th August led by Henry Hunt (Rory Kinnear) with the intention to challenge the government and propose parliamentary reform.Their hopes were soon diminished, however, when a cavalry charged in to the massive crowd, causing the situation to turn deadly. Actors: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley, David Moorst, Rachel FinneganDirectors: Mike LeighLanguage: EnglishNumber of discs: 1